Sunday, September 28, 2014

Southern Tier IPA (review)

Its a sunny Sunday afternoon at the end of September, and for my second review of the weekend I am tasting Southern Tier Brewing Company's take on an India Pale Ale. Yeserday I reviewed Ithaca Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Brewing Company in the Finger Lakes. Today we head west across the Southern Tier of New York State to the town of Lakewood in Chautauqua County, where Southern Tier Brewing Company got started in 2002 after Phineas DeMink and Allen “Skip” Yahn bought brewing equipment from the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In a few short years, Southern Tier Brewing Company has gone from distributing small batches of beer locally to reaching more than 30 states and continues to expand.

Southern Tier Brewing Company's IPA pours a golden orange with a small foamy head, and light carbonation. The dominant notes, on both the nose and tongue are citrus and pine. According to the company the IPA was brewed with 4 varieties of hops and 4 types of malts, and is typical (intentionally) of such beers it’s the hops that shine through with intensity, but there is still a touch of malt sweetness to balance things out. This IPA weighs in at a whopping 7.3%AVB, so trail runners with an empty stomach and an amped up metabolism would be wise to hit the chow line at the race finish before cracking open their second bottle.


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SPECS:

ABOUT THE BEERSTYLE: India Pale Ale

BREWED SINCE: 2002
ABV: 7.3%

FERMENTATION: Ale yeast, four varieties of hops, four varieties of malts

 COLOR: Copper

EFFERVESCENCE: Light carbonation

NOSE: Lightly floral, citrus, pine

FLAVOR: Malt balances piney hops, with a bit of sweetness juxtaposing the lingering bitterness

BITTERNESS: Medium-high

BODY: Medium

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 45-50°F
GLASS: Pint glass, mug
AVAILABILITY: Year-round / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 kegCELLARING: 40-45°F


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